My name is Greg Kerekez and I am a Naturalist. I have a fascination with the natural world and I want to share what I discover to remind people of the amazing circumstance they are a part of. I consider photography a necessary means for capturing the magnificent beauty I experience in the neighboring wild. My photography promotes exploration, personal discovery, and acquisition of knowledge. With my photography, I hope to preserve events as a way of validating their existence in order to focus attention toward the taken for granted connection between all matter in the universe.
I began to realize the connection with my environment at a young age. I grew up along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. My spare time as an adolescent was spent biking and hiking; studying the plants and animals; and catching butterflies along the river parkway. However, my experience wasn’t restricted to the American River, each Summer my family would take a road trip to a different National Park in the United States: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Everglades and many others.
I picked up a camera in 2005 after realizing that catching butterflies was unethical. I found I could study the butterflies through pictures without causing them any harm. With this realization, my world expanded and I was now able to study all aspects of nature in this manner. I began to photograph plants, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and the habitats they live in.
After emerging from the darkrooms of Sacramento City College with a Certificate in Photography Spring 2007; I then moved to San Jose, California to attend San Jose State University. I graduated with a B.A. in Photography in the Spring of 2011.
Currently, I spend my time documenting the wild life in San Jose working and sometimes struggling to coexist with the urban environment. I continue to travel extensively every year to further the tradition of natural exploration instilled by my parents. My objective is to set an example, raise awareness, and make a difference for the betterment of our society and planet, all while photographing what drives me the most, the connection between me and my environment.